Iman and its Importance in Islam
The concept of faith is referred to as iman in Arabic. Becoming a Muslim is conditional upon first acquiring the virtue of iman. To become a Muslim, one must first acknowledge their belief in Allah, the supreme deity; messengers; the day of judgement; angles; and Qadr, which is the Arabic word for fate. A person who would like to be known as a Muslim is required to grow the affirmation of Iman, also known as faith, believing that Allah is the only creator and sustainer of our universe deep down in their hearts. Additionally, it is necessary for him to have the belief that Allah is the creator of Angels and has conveyed Holy Scriptures to Humanity through His Messengers.
Accepting Allah as your master over the worlds is an essential part of having trust in Allah. Allah is the only one who is deserving of worship, and he is the one who decides whether you will experience joy or sorrow in your life. If you claim that you have Iman in Allah, it implies that you believe with all of your heart that Allah is the one to whom you will be offering prayers and that you will live your life in accordance with the guidelines for doing so that are outlined in the Quran and by the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
When you claim that you have faith in messengers, what you are really saying is that you acknowledge the prophethood and messengership of all of the messengers who have been sent by the Almighty Allah to various people and nations throughout past. You have a strong conviction that the people who were sent had a mission, and that mission was to worship Allah alone and to follow his rules in all aspects of their lives. There are around 124 000 people who took on the role of messenger and were tasked with communicating a single message to their people: worship Allah and no one else.
Believing in angels necessitates accepting the belief that Allah designed a wide variety of creatures for the purpose of worshipping him and serving a variety of purposes inside our universe. Every angel that Allah has created was made with a particular mission in mind. They never disobey Allah’s commands or instructions. There is an angel that is responsible for the death of all living things, and there is another angel that conveys the message of Allah to the Prophets, who are then responsible for ensuring that the message is spread to the general populace. Angels are tasked with the responsibility of defending you from demons. In a nutshell, you have to have faith that Allah created angels who are tasked with carrying out Allah’s orders and that Allah is the creator of angels.
Iman on the day of judgement implies each of us will be weighed with our actions. On the day of judgement, everyone who has committed sins will receive the punishment that is appropriate for their conduct, while everyone who has done good deeds will be rewarded for their efforts. The judgement of mankind will be based on the actions we carried out while we were still here on earth. If we were to be found guilty, there is no one who can save us from the anger of Allah; but, if we had done deeds that pleased Allah, we shall receive the greatest reward possible, which is the opportunity to live in heaven forever.
Iman, or belief, in the divine revelation texts of the Prophets is not only essential but also obligatory for a person who acknowledges Islam as their way of life. All of the prophets who came before Muhammad ﷺ , including Moses, Jesus, David, and Abraham, as well as the ultimate and most recent messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him), were given holy writings to help direct their followers to Allah. The Psalms, Torah, and other sacred texts were revealed to Prophet David (also referred to as Dawood) and Prophet Moses (also referred to as Musa) before the Quran was revealed to our Beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
Faith in Qadr, which literally translates to “fate” in the English language, is the conviction that everything you do has already been predetermined by your destiny. Allah is aware of what you do before it happens. He has already determined whether you would live a life of good or evil activities before you were even born. In spite of the fact that he is already aware of your deeds, Allah will not hold you accountable for them; rather, it is you who will be responsible for them because he provides you with the opportunity and the means to carry out good deeds. After you have been resurrected on the day of judgement, it will be entirely up to you to decide how things turned out for you. On the day of judgement, Allah has access to your understanding, yet it is you who will carry out the deeds and get the consequences that are due to you. You cannot reply that Allah is responsible for your activities because you were aware of them beforehand; rather, Allah will question whether he forced you to carry out those deeds, and you will respond, “No, my beloved God.”
Iman is a precious thing that every Muslim possesses. Whoever loses their faith in Allah along with the other essential conditions has forfeited their chance for a reward in the hereafter. Because of their lack of firm belief in Allah, they will be denied access to paradise. Iman is considered to be of such vital significance that on the day of judgement, you will be evaluated based on whether or not you believed in Allah and his messengers and carried out all of the directives that were communicated to you by the messengers of Allah. In order for there to be victorious Muslims on the Day of Judgment, it is imperative that every Muslim develop a strong Iman, also known as faith, within their hearts regarding all that was brought to us by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).